Against FDA Prohibitions, Freedom Riders Will Publicly Distribute over 100 gallons of Raw Milk to Waiting Mothers!

Raw Milk Freedom Riders 

Chicago, IL—On December 8, a group of mothers and others will defy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on “distributing” fresh milk across state lines by transporting 100 gallons of raw milk from Wisconsin to Chicago’s Independence Park and distributing it to customers waiting at the park. Rally time is 11:30am – 2:00pm. 

Federal law 21 CFR § 1240.61 prohibits interstate movement and distribution of raw milk for human consumption. The FDA regulation applies to individuals, or “agents” acting on their behalf.

Over the past year, the FDA and state authorities have conducted undercover sting operations on, raided and prosecuted farmers, buying clubs, and individuals who help distribute raw milk and other farm fresh foods. Over a dozen people and businesses currently face charges, orders, and other enforcement actions; some are under “federal criminal investigation” and face possible indictment by a grand jury. Several small cheese producing dairies with no history of making anyone sick have been put out of business by the FDA’s actions.

“It is a God-given, inalienable right to engage in direct, private transactions with our food producers,” says Max Kane, director of a Chicago area local-food-buying club. “Americans deserve to know that the FDA is using their tax dollars to target and prosecute independent, peaceful, farmers and their customers.”

Mothers from around the country, determined to protect their families’ food supply, launched the Raw Milk Freedom Riders with an inaugural ride on November 1 when they transported raw milk from Pennsylvania to the FDA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and distributed the milk to crowds gathered for a protest. In response the FDA issued a statement saying it does not “intend” to take “enforcement action against an individual who purchased and transported raw milk across state lines solely for his or her own personal consumption.”

The Freedom Riders say that the FDA’s statement leaves the door open for FDA to pursue farmers, buying clubs and individuals acting as “distribution agents.” The Wisconsin to Chicago Raw Milk Freedom ride will challenge the FDA’s use of force against raw milk distribution.

Media are invited to ride along as embedded reporters to witness the FDA’s reaction to the Freedom Riders’ standing up for their rights.

Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition


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3 Responses to “Mothers, Acting As ‘Agents,’ To Defy FDA Warning”

  1. Latierra says:

    I continue to hear stuff about raw milk and the FDA going after people who sell it. I don’t get it. Why do they care? Really, this makes no sense. They ought to be looking into the prepackaged food stuff and fruits and vegetables that comes into our country from China and other countries. Going after dairy farmers is a big waste of time and government resources and it’s just not right.

  2. Avanti says:

    I thing you fill better if I present what Thomas Jefferson said: “A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
    It will be more complete with other quotes:
    “Minds are like parachutes — they only function when open… ‘Governments, in order to perpetuate themselves, will sacrifice 400–500 people without a second thought.'”
    –Basil Abbott, 14 years DEA veteran.
    “The real king of animals is the man because his brutality exceeds completely.”
    — Leonardo da Vinci
    “The love for whole living being es the noblest attribute of man.” — Charles Darwin, Naturalist
    “The happiness of society is the end of governament.”
    — John Adams, 2nd. Pres.
    “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th Pres.
    “The greatest menace of freedom is an inert people.”
    — Louis D. Brandais, Supreme Court justice.
    “I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.”
    — James Garfield, 20th Pres.
    “It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”
    — Robert Jackson, Supreme Court Decision
    >>> “Just as it is the duty of all men to obey just laws, so it is the duty of all men to disobey unjust laws.” <<<
    — Martin Luther King Jr.
    "True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice."
    — Martin L. King Jr.
    "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way."
    –Teddy Roosevelt, 26th Pres.
    "The individual is handicapped by coming face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists."
    — J. Edgar Hoover, former head of the FBI

  3. Barbara Talbert says:

    I support the action of these Food Freedom Riders. There is no way the government should be telling people what to eat and drink. They can advise but when it comes to force this is tyranny.